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by gobuchul
Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Braumeister, Grainfather and other One-Pot Brewing Systems
Topic: Hazy wort from pellets in Grainfather
Replies: 19
Views: 1669

Re: Hazy wort from pellets in Grainfather

I would guess the alpha acids are responsible, high aa% are very sticky, low aa% are flaky.
That could be it, the Saaz pellets were very low AA, only 2.4%. I've never brewed with such low AA pellets before, I have always used leaf hops when doing lagers.
by gobuchul
Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: STC 1000 - Replacement sensor
Replies: 2
Views: 322

STC 1000 - Replacement sensor

The temperature sensor on one of my STC 1000's is broken.

The only replacement's I can find online are about £5, which seems ludicrous as a new controller can be got for £12.

As these are only cheap thermistor's, does anyone know the spec so I can get one from RS or similar?
by gobuchul
Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: STC 1000 "EF" error code
Replies: 1
Views: 196

Re: STC 1000 "EF" error code

Sorted.

Tried it with a different sensor and it's working. The moisture has damaged the LED display and it was actually displaying "EE" but the bottom part of the display is not working.
by gobuchul
Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: STC 1000 "EF" error code
Replies: 1
Views: 196

STC 1000 "EF" error code

I had a spare STC 1000 sitting in a shed. It got very wet.

Dried it out and when I flash it up, it beeps and displays "EF".

I tried disconnecting the temperature probe but it made no difference.

Is it knackered?
by gobuchul
Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Using extract in an "all grain" brew?
Replies: 6
Views: 743

Using extract in an "all grain" brew?

I know it's not all grain if it's got extract in it! However, when I bought a job lot of gear a while ago, it include some extract based kits. Now they have been sitting in the cupboard for a while, I'm not that interested in brewing them as just extract but I was wondering if I could add them to th...
by gobuchul
Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Braumeister, Grainfather and other One-Pot Brewing Systems
Topic: Hazy wort from pellets in Grainfather
Replies: 19
Views: 1669

Re: Hazy wort from pellets in Grainfather

Well I did another brew yesterday, a strong, hoppy IPA with 230g of hop pellets. These were mainly Amarillo with a bit of Chinook for bittering. I recirced through the chiller and back into the Grainfather until I got down to 60c, didn't take too long to get there. Then I left it for 30 minutes or s...
by gobuchul
Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Sealed Fermentation
Replies: 7
Views: 535

Re: Sealed Fermentation

Is your brew fridge in the same room? Keep an eye on what it's doing, wouldn't be surprised if it's doing more cooling than heating if the ambient temp is about 18C. The wort will be heating the fridge up.
by gobuchul
Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Sealed Fermentation
Replies: 7
Views: 535

Re: Sealed Fermentation

I'd be surprised if the ambient temp is above 18C just because of the towels but could be. Some good information here https://byo.com/article/controlling-fermentation-temperature-techniques/ Also keep in mind that the heat generated by an active fermentation can warm a typical 5-gallon (19-L) batch...
by gobuchul
Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Sealed Fermentation
Replies: 7
Views: 535

Re: Sealed Fermentation

My guess would be that it fermented more vigorously at a higher temperature. The process of fermenting generates heat, so if it was well insulated, then it would of got quite warm, fermented faster and generated more heat. A bit of a chain reaction.
by gobuchul
Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Braumeister, Grainfather and other One-Pot Brewing Systems
Topic: Hazy wort from pellets in Grainfather
Replies: 19
Views: 1669

Hazy wort from pellets in Grainfather

First time I have used all pellets for a brew in my Grainfather. 250g of low AA Saaz pellets. The wort was incredibly cloudy, I have never seen anything when using an immersion chiller, as I guess that the pellet sediment drops out as part of the cold break, which doesn't happen with a counterflow c...
by gobuchul
Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Braumeister, Grainfather and other One-Pot Brewing Systems
Topic: Garinfather - underletting and a thin mash. Still stuck¬
Replies: 4
Views: 768

Re: Garinfather - underletting and a thin mash. Still stuck¬

Sorted. Just doing a Saaz lager, with pale malt, as per my other thread. Using grain from The Malt Miller. Used the underletting method suggested by ciderhead and the +2 litre mash/-2 litre sparge by Kingfisher. Drained nicely and the sparge rate was perfect. I guess it was the over crushed grain ca...
by gobuchul
Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Braumeister, Grainfather and other One-Pot Brewing Systems
Topic: Blocked Pump !
Replies: 11
Views: 1460

Re: Blocked Pump !

I must admit I think the filter design on the Grainfather is a bit crap. For the money, you would think that it would have a screw fitting rather than a rubber bung. Also there should be a more connection to the pump, a clip or similar. However, saying that, I have never had a problem with it as a u...
by gobuchul
Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Pale malt in a lager recipe?
Replies: 4
Views: 558

Pale malt in a lager recipe?

Going through my stocks and I have a load of Saaz hop pellets I forgot all about.

I have lager yeast but no pilsner malt, only pale.

I know it will be slightly darker but will it make any significant difference to the flavour if just brew with the pale?
by gobuchul
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Braumeister, Grainfather and other One-Pot Brewing Systems
Topic: Garinfather - underletting and a thin mash. Still stuck¬
Replies: 4
Views: 768

Re: Garinfather - underletting and a thin mash. Still stuck¬

The malt was from The Home Brew Company. I have a feeling it was over crushed. The bottom filter plate seemed to have a lot of holes blocked by very fine particles. Funnily enough, the first few brews were from the Worchester Hop Shop. I had no problem with them. I have had them sitting for months a...
by gobuchul
Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Braumeister, Grainfather and other One-Pot Brewing Systems
Topic: Garinfather - underletting and a thin mash. Still stuck¬
Replies: 4
Views: 768

Garinfather - underletting and a thin mash. Still stuck¬

Had problems with very slow drain and sparge on my Grainfather. A thinner mash was suggested, add 2 litres to the mash, remove 2 litres from sparge water. Pre-loading the grain basket and underletting was also suggested, seemed a really good idea, eliminates malt dust from the brewing area. Everythi...